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Published On: Wed, Feb 21st, 2018

Woman Says Employer Won’t Allow Her Service Dog At Work

ROCHESTER, New York – A Rochester woman says her employer won’t let her bring her service dog to work because of the dog’s breed.

Katrina Griffith works at the MAXIMUS call center at Rochester Tech Park. She suffers from multiple mental health conditions and her service dog — Izzy B, a pit bull — helps guide her through them.

“She’s not a pet, she’s a service dog, and federal law says she cannot be denied regardless of breed and everything else,” Griffith says.

Griffith suffers from anxiety, bipolar disorder, borderline schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

“I need Izzy because she helps keep me grounded because at any moment one of my mental health diagnoses will trigger,” Griffith says.

She says she put in a request to have Izzy at her job last year.

“I put in the request September 7th and it’s just going back and forth since then,” Griffith says. “If she was a Chihuahua, or Shih Tzu or a small dog they wouldn’t have done that. I really do believe it’s the fact that she’s a pit bull.”

“I have statements from people saying she was well-behaved, wasn’t aggressive, and was very calm and she listened well,” Griffith says.

This process has taken nearly six months and now Griffith is concerned about her performance on this high-stress job without her service dog.

“I’m more worried about my job and how I’m going to provide for my family,” Griffith says.

The Americans with Disabilities Act says service dogs are allowed anywhere the public can go. Under the rules, there are no breed restrictions and Izzy qualifies as a service dog because she calms a person with PTSD during an anxiety attack.

Full story: www.whec.com

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